Times are tough to play quarterback at the University of Maryland.
This week, the Terps lost their third quarterback for the season when freshman Devin Burns suffered a Lisfranc injury. Wide reciever Marcus Leak will also miss the remiander of the year with a fractured toe.
“Obviously this is something that is very tough on both of these guys and our team,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “I feel for both Devin and Marcus because I know they want to be out there competing. Both have been team-first guys who have done everything we have asked, and we will be here to support them as they begin the rehab process.”
Before the season began, Maryland lost presumed-starter C.J. Brown for the season to a torn ACL in his knee. Brown's understudy Perry Hills then became starting QB, and despite some up-and-down performances, generally the true freshman performed well. Until last week, when Hills went down with the same injury that took out Brown, a torn ACL.
Hills was relieved in last Saturday's Maryland loss to N.C. State by Devin Burns. Burns, who switched to wide reciever at Maryland only to switch back to quarterback this season, played well in relief of Hills.
Burns ran for 50 yards and a touchdown in his time against the Wolfpack, but he did not finish the game. Caleb Rowe, a true freshman, quarterbacked the Terps during the last two minutes of the game. Rowe will start this Saturday's game against Boston College.
In his brief appearance, Rowe completed two passes for 50 yards and put the Terps in a position to win. Unfortunately, the Terps last-second field goal attempt hit the post and missed.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, even after having what was by his standards a down sophomore season, is squarely in the mix. Of the more than 100 coaches polled, 9 percent chose Trimble as their "must-have" player.
Only three other players were chosen by more coaches nationally: Duke guard Grayson Allen (13 percent), Washington and former DeMatha (Md.) guard Markelle Fultz (12 percent), and Duke forward Harry Giles (10 percent)
From CBS, quoting an anonymous coach:
Most people would consider last season a poor outing for Melo, but I didn't. Maryland added new players, and he held his own. People said the same things about Yogi Ferrell a year ago and look what did last season. ... Bottom line, is I trust him with the ball and my team.
As one coach pointed out, there are ways to explain Trimble's shortcomings last season. There were three new players in the starting lineup. He worked through some injuries. He still didn't have a true secondary ball handler behind him.
Some of those things can change this season. Freshman Anthony Cowan can either back up or play alongside him. Getting Dion Wiley back from injury replaces the departure of Rasheed Sulaimon. By not playing international ball this summer, he should have time to rest.
Long played two seasons at Maryland after playing one at New Mexico and another at the junior college level. Opposite fellow standout Stefon Diggs, Long caught 32 passes for 489 yards and a touchdown in 2013. He followed that up with 51 catches for 575 yards and two touchdowns in 2014.
Long went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft and signed with the Tennessee Titans, but was cut before the start of the regular season.